Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 1-5-2013: May Day, May Day, May Day … !

Hmmm … 

Well, that seems to help: not much, but enough.

I’ve got to confess, I’ve just had my internet connection upgraded by BT, this morning.

It’s not made things super-zippy.

Not given the age of my kit.

But … ?

Well, I have to admit, I do manage to keep myself distracted with some of Facebook’s dafter casual games.

The upgrade does seem to help with that: and loading up videos.

The Real crunch will come when I’m downloading movies from iTunes: I think the speed jump will help, there.

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, it’s Wednesday: which means it’s time for this week’s Brentwood Gazette Teaser.

Here’s those May Day questions …
Q1) 1st May is May Day, obviously.   Under what name did the Ancient Celts celebrate May Day … ?
Q2) Which Scottish city holds a Fire Festival, named for that Celtic celebration: Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness … ?
Q3) What sort of folk dancing is traditionally performed on May Day … ?
Q4) In many parts of the world, it’s traditional to dance around a what, on May Day … ?
Q5) In which US state is May Day celebrated as Lei Day … ?
Q6) The final of which sport’s World Championship is usually held on the May Day Bank Holiday … ?
Q7) In which University city is it traditional to jump off Magdalen Bridge, on May Day … ?
Q8) May Day is ALSO International Workers Day, commemorating the Haymarket Affair: in which US city was the Haymarket Affair … ?
Q9) The USSR famously held a huge military parade on May Day, in Red Square.   In which Russian city is that square … ?
Q10) And finally … On which Caribbean island is May Day known as ‘El día del Trabajo’ … ?
Q1) 24th April, 1184BC, is the traditional date of the fall of Troy: after a war between the Trojans, and whom … ?
Q2) More to the point, Troy fell after a siege of how many years: ten, fifteen or twenty … ?
Q3) Troy’s enemies fooled the Trojans, and entered the city, hidden in a wooden what … ?
Q4) What was the name of the famous Greek poem about the Trojan War … ?
Q5) Who exactly wrote that poem … ?
Q6) That poet wrote a follow-up: about whose adventures on his way home from the Trojan War … ?
Q7) That Greek hero was also known as Ulysses: Ulysses was also the name of a novel by which Irish author … ?
Q8) The Trojan War was started when Prince, Paris of Troy, eloped with which Greek queen … ?
Q9) What’s the name of William Shakespeare’s play about the Trojan War … ?
Q10) And finally … who played Achilles in the 2004 film, ‘Troy’ … ?
A1) The Greeks.
A2) Ten.
A3) Horse.
A4) The Illiad’.
A5) Homer.
A6) Odysseus.
A7) James Joyce.
A8) Helen.
A9) Troilus and Cressida’.   (It’s his version of a work originally by Geoffrey Chaucer.)
A10) Brad Pitt.
Enjoy those: I’ll let Grace* do the rest of it … 

*        Grace Jones … ?   A View To A Kill … ?   No … ?   Please yourself … 

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